To all of those that know me from the server, I have a server up and running while sand's is down. 192.168.0.104:25565 is the IP. Join whenever. I am trying to set it up like sand's so there isn't much difference. One or two more plugins to go. It is public so no whitelist and anyone can join.
http://twitter.com/#!/notch read notch's twitter that's a real copy of 1.8! when you download it drag it into the .minecraft/bin and that's it. (backup your old minecraft.jar just in case you want your stuff back, mods or stuff)